Tag: apps

You gotta have an app store, even your wrist needs an app store

And so we move on to the next digital revolution. Once upon a time you knew that your cutting edge technology had made it because someone had ported ‘Doom’ to it. Now you know you’re with the hip crowd when your device gets its very own app store. My wrist now has an app store, thanks to Pebble: We are extremely excited to announce the Pebble appstore! Many of you, as developers, have asked for it and we are happy to announce that it will go live with Pebble SDK 2.0 early next year. Pebble appstore will be included in the

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How can developers solve the ‘one night stand’ issue with mobile games?

Chris Kerr at Pocket Gamer: What usually happens is, I pour a good few hours into each game – if it’s particularly good, that is – before swiftly putting it out of its misery and searching for my next victim. The fact that the App Store has so much choice – a preposterously large amount of games to sift through and discover, in fact – means that I’m never content to find a game that I enjoy and devote a substantial amount of time to it.Instead I’ll always be in search of that next hidden gem, the next game that will

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No more news apps as Tom Morris draws the line

Tom Morris: In the “web vs. apps” war, I think you can infer which side I’m on. I wouldn’t download a BBC app or an NPR app for my computer. Why would I want one on my phone? Do I buy a separate radio to listen to different stations? No. The functionality is the same, the only thing that differs is the content. Apps ought to provide some actual functionality, not just blobs of content wrapped up in binary files.

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Developers, Blackberry 10, and my reaction to a Cnet story

And here’s where it starts to get interesting for Cnet. There’s a great interview today with Alec Saunders on Cnet today, where he talks about the challenges of getting developers on board and apps in the store ready for the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 devices in a week or two. Now RIM has has to win back consumers who have long abandoned their BlackBerrys for iPhones and Android devices. It’s planning a media blitz, complete with Super Bowl commercial. At the same time, BlackBerry has to compete against another upstart mobile operating system, Windows Phone by Microsoft, which is

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And over here, a voluntary tax on your smartphone apps

I’m looking at the Verizon announcement that you can “boost” the bandwidth used by your smartphone’s applications with a mix of amazement at a crazy idea (Ben Smith covers this bit far better than I could), but I’m also nodding in an evil Leonardo Leonardo way at the finances. With the rise of smartphone applications, the network portals have been sidestepped by a significant proportion of users, with the income going to the developer and the handset app stores. It now appears Verizon have a funky way of adding a voluntary user tax to the app experience. Well played, Clerks…

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